“ Manufacturer: Argos / Type: table Lamp „
~*~*~ Argos Chrome Touch Lamps ~*~*~
~ What are they? ~
This is a set of two lamps available from Argos. They have been available for quite a while and they are part of the ColourMatch range.
~ Why did I buy them? ~
I have bought two sets of these over the years, the first set was this blackcurrant colour and that was quite a few years back and more recently I have bought them in the Apple Green for my son's bedroom.
I have a thing for lamps, love the ambiance they give and are more relaxing in the evening than the large ceiling light.
I originally bought these for my living room when I had purple starburst wallpaper I didn't want large lamps as we already had a nice floor lamp so I thought these would be ideal and for a while they were, until I came across a taller lamp I preferred - Lamp slattern! These were then relegated to my bedroom where they did the job just brilliantly.
The second set I bought, just a few months back were in the Apple Green, I needed a pair of lamps for my son's bedroom so that my two boys could have a lamp each by their beds. I didn't want anything large as it simply wasn't needed so I knew that these would do the job just perfectly.
~ Touchy ~
I like that these are touch lamps and have three different levels of brightness, the brightest is good and gives off a good amount of light and the dimmest is nice and relaxing, but I tend to have it on the second setting when reading in bed.
All that is required to operate the lamp is a simple light touch to the base and it illuminates. I was a little worried that the boys would just sit there pinging through the different brightness of the lamps but they have been good and left them alone, only using them when needed and not seeing them as a toy!
The chrome base is the touch part and despite it being shiny it doesn't show marks when touched which I am happy about.
~ ColourMatch you say? ~
The great thing about these lamps is the variety of colours that they are available in, these are -
It is simply the lampshade that is coloured and the bases are all the chrome finish.
As you can see the blackcurrant shade is no longer available and this was nice colour however I no longer have those shades myself as I changed them for a teal shade to match the colour I redecorated my bedroom in.
The two pack of lamps are good value at £14.99, the bases are great but the shades a little flimsy but they do the job just fine.
They have lasted us really well, I bought the first set at least 4 years ago and they are still going strong despite a house move inbetween too!
They are not big lamps but are a great size for the bedside table, nice and easy to operate too with no need to fumble around for a switch.
The dimensions are -
Size H35, W16, D16cm.
Diameter of base 11cm.
Diameter of shade 16cm.
Thanks for reading :o) x
Having broken my old lamp which I'd had for years, I was looking for a cheap option for my bedside table. I wanted something that was colourful and wasn't going to look plain and boring against my cream coloured walls.
I chose these lamps as they were reasonably priced and I really liked the idea of them being touch operated rather than having to reach for a switch half way down the wire. Another thing which attracted me to these lamps is the range of colours they come in of which I chose green. The colours they come are pink, green, blue, purple, white, brown, black, red and natural.
They have 3 different light levels which are changed by touching the base of the lamp. However, I did discover that only certain bulbs are able to dim, so I now have one lamp where I can change the brightness and one where I can't, so check the bulb says it's dim-able on the box before you buy it!
The lamps themselves are compact and come in quite a small box which makes them easy to carry home. The width of the base of the lamp is 11cm and the shade is 16cm across (taken from the Argos website). They are therefore great for a bedside table as they don't take up too much room.
The style of the lamp is basic enough to be able to fit in in most people's houses and the colourful shades add a nice splash of colour. The range which they come from (Argos colour match range) also have other products (such as blinds and bedding), so you can get other accessories to match for your bedroom.
DECISION TO PURCHACE...
I had just finished decorating my bedroom and was looking for a pair of matching table lamps that were compatable with my decor, affordable, stylish and had something unique about them as i like things which are a little different. Affordability being the most important on my list of what i was looking for.
I did some research online and looked at many many different designs and stores but i was disappointed to find them all so expensive, then at last i came across these fine pair of matching table lamps from the colour match range at argos, a bonus them being touch activated (making them quite unique) i read through the information which was.....
Chrome Effect Stand
Various Colours- Natural, Lagoon Blue, Purple Fizz, Funky Fushia, Cream, Chocolate, Jet Black
Requires 2x 40w Golf Ball Bulb (not included)
I thought i would give these pair a shot, i liked that they came as a pair and cost only £14.99 which is very affordable, and i liked the idea of the touch controls what with me being a frequent bed time reader would mean i would not have to feel around whilst half asleep searching for the switch, i would just have to stretch out a sleepy arm and touch the base for complete darkness without trying to become comfy again after, although i was a little sceptical at this stage because of the low price i thought they must be something not right with them and surely they must be tacky and cheap in the flesh even though they looked lovely in the picture....
I went ahead and reserved a pair of Purple Fizz Colour Match Touch Table Lamps and i opted to buy the required light bulbs at an extra £2.49 for 4.
The lamps came packaged in a strong cardbord box which was quite small in size and very light to carry and also easy to open, some assembly was required which was a very easy attaching the bases to the lampshades and took a couple of seconds to do. The bases were a shiny chrome effect and very light in weight I was pleasantly surprised at the quality, although the material on the lampshades felt a little like paper and quite thin which at this stage was my only gripe and the shades could easily be replaced if need be.
I placed the bulbs in and plugged in each lamp at the socket and they both worked perfectly , i would have normally complained that the light bulbs were not included in with the lamps but the bargain price justifies the lack of bulbs being included, it is not clear on the description of the product information available but each lamp is independant and has its own cable and plug so can be used as a pair or single, the cable length is approx 1.2 meteres long which i found to be more than enough for use as bedside lamps.
The touch activation is quite sensitive and works brilliantly with the lightest of touch and has three levels of brightness with a dimmer effect of low, medium and high and this works by getting brighter with each touch of the base and each level of brightness gives off a lovely warm glow.
It does say in the discription that these lamps are not recommended for use with energy saving lightbulbs and i believe this is because using energy saving lightbulbs with touch activated lamps are not compatible and will cause a constant flicker.
Requires a 3amp fuse.
MY THOUGHTS AND FEELINGS...
I am very happy with my purchase and feel like i have got myself a real bargain with these, the exellent value for money is just fantastic as the lamps definitely look a lot more expensive than what they are, i mentioned my only gripe earlier about the material of the lampshade being very thin, i still feel this but once the lamps was set up and placed in their new home on the bed side tables you could not tell at all. They look fabulous and bring an element of glamour to the bedroom, very elegant, stylish, unique and practical.
I can easily read with the light on the lowest setting and it is lovely not to have to mess around trying to find a switch to turn it off.
I think these lamps would be of fantastic benefit for people with disabilities that restrict movement of joints and muscles, the elderly and the very young as there is no touching of any switches or sockets required, once these lamps are plugged in and switched on they can be entirely controlled via lightly touching the base of the lamp and this is a valuble feature of this product which makes it a lot better than most others on the market at the moment for affordability and practicality.
The only improvement i would make on this product would be to have a little more weight to the base of the lamps, they are so light that i do not think it would take much to knock them over however this has not happend to me so maybe i am being a little too picky but felt i had to mention it.
I would definitely highly recommend this product to friends, family and strangers alike, and i have done, in fact i have been that impressed by this product that i have bought myself another set and also bought a set as a gift for a friend who is un-steady with her hands, i thought she would benefit from the touch activation technology and she loves these as much as i do, i just wish i had bought them a lot sooner as i have no complaints at all, what a fantastic very practical, very effective, and most importantly very affordable bargain product which is now without a doubt the best light of my life.
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I've had 4 of these lamps from Argos for years now, so long that two of them actually have a different style base which is no longer in the catalogue, apart from that they are identical though.
These lamps are very basic in terms of design, they certainly couldn't be classed as luxury items and they aren't for anybody wishing to make a style statement with their lighting choices. They are however long lasting, cheap, good value for money and available in a wide range of colours so that you can find one to match almost every room.
The switch for these lamps is the metal base and stand, there are four options, 'off' and three levels of brightness, you adjust the brightness by touching the base gently, just brushing it will be enough which is great for when you wake up in the middle of the night or on those dark mornings as you don't have to fumble about looking for a switch. Unfortunately these lamps don't take energy saving bulbs but I've found that ordinary ones have lasted years without needing to be changed if you don't leave them on for too long.
They are great as bedside lamps, you can adjust the brightness to whatever you find comfortable for reading, watching TV in bed, drifting off to sleep or maybe you'd use the dimmer level for, ahem, romantic pursuits!
The power cable is long enough to reach a reasonable distance without being so long you have miles of wire tangled up behind the bed or trailing along the floor. These lamps don't seem to attract dust the way some others do either which is a pleasant bonus.
After decorating our bedroom recently we were looking for some new lamps and while browsing the Argos iPhone application I spotted these available for just £14.99 a pair. We ordered these in black fabric & chrome lamps but I believe that they are also available in a few other colours depending on when you order and what stock levels Argos have (cream, purple, teal are all currently available).
These lamps come packaged in a cardboard box with clear plastic wrapping protecting the lamps from any marks or scratches while you carry them home. The packaging is not overboard but then we only carried these from the town to home so not much was going to happen to them. Light-bulbs are not provided within the box and you will need 1 x 40w golf ball SES bulb for each lamp (these lamps are also suitable for use with low energy bulbs, maximum wattage 7 watts). I paid just a couple of pounds for two bulbs so this wasn't too pricey either as sometimes the bulbs can really add up with cheaper lamps and it just defeats the object of choosing something cheaper.
The lamp itself has a chrome base which is round and ours are stood on our bedside table, there is then a thinner neck up to the top of the lamp where the bulb plugs in and there is a black fabric shade for the lamp. The height is 35cm which is ample so that the bulb is protected by the shade when I am lying down in bed or sitting up and therefore the lamp works effectively for either one of us regardless of which side of the bed we are on.
The lamp is very simple to use, just plug in to a standard plug socket and then there are four touches to operate the different settings. Low light, medium light, full light and off. It's very simple to use, just press it once, twice, three or four times depending on what light setting you want it on and whether you want to just turn it back off again.
I find this light very convenient to use as I can feel around at night without my glasses on and I only have to tap it once to be able to see what I'm doing. Also, the lowest setting is ideal for making sure I can see to get out of bed and find things on my bedside table but I generally don't wake my partner in the process. Also, if I am going to bed before or after him it's possible to just leave one of the lamps on it's lowest setting and then I can come to bed without having to turn the main light on and wake my other half up and vice versa.
The only downsides I can think of with these lamps is that if we have our satin bedding on and happen to brush one of the lamps it will turn on which can be annoying if you happen to sleep quite near to your bedside table as we often do, also, my partner is adamant that his lamp comes on of it's own accord (which, strangely, doesn't happen to mine!). I have also noticed some small cracking towards the top of my lamp lately. Now I'm not sure if this was always there or if it has happened over time but as the price is so low, currently down from £14.99 to £9.99 at Argos I'm not going to complain really as I think they look very stylish.
These Argos touch lamps are a bargain at just £14.99 for the pair (as long as you can find a reliable set). I have used them for 3 years and they still look as good as new with no signs of wear and tear. The lamps really do look very smart with their chrome base and black lamp shades and many friends have commented on how great they look. The lampshades are solid with black fabric on the outside and white plastic on the interior. They have a black cable to connect them to the plug, although be aware that this is a little on the short side at around one metre long. Unfortunately bulbs are not included in the box but I find 40w energy saving bulbs do the trick and are not expensive to buy.
There are three brightness settings and you simply touch the chrome base once, twice or three times to go through them - it is definitely a lot better than having to search round in the dark for a lamp switch! Touching it a fourth time turns the lamp off. The first setting is dull enough to allow you to do little else other than see where you are going and the third setting is just bright enough to allow you to read a book. I use these as bedside table lamps and find that I need to pull the lamp fairly close to the bed to give me sufficient light to read.
There are a few negatives it is worth mentioning...
- The chrome bases are dust magnets and you will need to clean them at least twice a week to keep them looking shiny. Make sure you turn off the power first or you will keep turning them on and off as you clean them! Likewise finger prints show up very easily
- Make sure that you buy a set with undamaged lamp shades. We opened 4 boxes in the shop before we found a pair that did not have a dent in the lampshade
- One of the lamps in the first two pairs that I took home stopped working after a few weeks. You would touch the base and nothing would happen (even after changing the bulb)
Overall though I am delighted with these lamps. They look stunning but did not cost very much - what more could you want?!
These lamps come as a pair, for £14.99 from Argos (price correct at July 2010). I thought it was disappointing that the bulbs aren't included, but they were still a bargain.
The stems are a bit spindly, but the chrome means a touch anywhere on the base or stem will change the light setting - first touch brings the light on dim, second brings it to medium, third touch to full brightness and fourth touch turns it off. When I first plugged them in they were a bit temperamental and occasionally adjusted themselves for no apparent reason, but that problem disappeared after the first 10 minutes or so.
The chrome finish is generally pretty good - right at the top of the stem it's a bit raggedy but you don't usually see that bit as it's under the shade.
On the full strength setting they give off a good light - good enough to read by quite comfortably. A pair of these, both on full, in a medium sized bedroom give off about as much light as the 60Watt ceiling light.
They don't need much of a touch, and they are particularly ideal for guest rooms - just think how long you've spent looking for the switch on a new lamp before! As you brush past these looking for the switch they turn on so the mystery is solved! There is a slight vibration within the base when they change settings but it only lasts a second or so.
They are perhaps not as stable as some lamps but they have the slimline style so will fit into a small gap, and aren't heavy so if they do fall they probably won't break whatever they land on.
The blackcurrant colour goes well with the rest of Argos's blackcurrant accessories (I guess it's one of this season's colours) - curtains, bedding, cushions etc. The Homebase blackcurrant items are the same colour, which is useful if you're decorating a whole room, as between the 2 shops you get a slightly wider range.
After going through a phase of Tiffany-style lamps, that are stunningly beautiful pieces of art-deco, I wanted something with equal soft lighting, stylish and touch sensitive, so didn't have to switch on and off, getting repetitive hand strain injury!
This pair of Blackcurrant and Chrome lampshades were an ideal first choice because they contrasted well with my decor and simplistic in design as well as light-weight. I bought mine from a home lighting store, four months ago in the January sales for £9.99, so they were a fantastic bargain and relieved that I didn't have to traipse around lots of other stores once I decided upon these. Fortunately, they came with the bulbs inside a separate box, so hadn't the worry of having to purchase these elsewhere. However, there wasn't a warranty/guarantee with mine, so couldn't return or repair it with the manufacturers, though am positive that they might do elsewhere.
Having only had them less than six months, I discovered that that material inside the shades was made of a fine plastic lining so as to protect the lamp from over-exposure to heat from the bulb. Because I had moved the lamp from different positions, it began to crack and flake off, but more for the reason that I accidentally made some dents in the outer layer of the shade fabric that splintered the lining inside. It is advisable to handle the shade with care at all times and if cleaning it, to do it ever so gently as anything rougher will definitely fracture the insulation. I've encountered this problem a few times with other lamps since, so it is not unique to these one in particular.
When I had Tiffany lamps, they only took expert bulbs, only very few lighting specialists stocked them, so had to go out of my way to order them. With the Blackcurrant and Chrome ones, I made the naive assumption that you could purchase the standard Golf-ball bulbs anywhere, though this wasn't the case at all, or so I thought. Robert Dyas didn't stock them and neither did other home improvement/DIY stores I tried, so was left feeling pretty frustrated shopping for goods that clearly didn't exist in the material world!
I then found myself ordering some on-line with ebay, who list an entire catelogue of lighting professionals. Some days later, I went into Robert Dyas to buy some table polish and saw a huge Penn containing the bulbs that the store was doing some kind of promotional offers on them. I couldn't believe my eyes! - must have been daydreaming to have missed them before and, suddenly I was witnessing them appear in places that I had already visited and couldn't even locate them, so there must be something truthful about the theory that when you seek, you shall find, though clearly I wasn't really looking! - didn't take my glasses!
However, despite this mesmerizing absurdity, the issue I now had about the bulbs, was that I got them a lot brighter than I had wanted, but didn't think that they could come in more than one watt. The maximum wattage is 60, so needed a 40 as is recommended according to the instructions, I hadn't checked out at the time. They screw-in to the coil inside the light fixture so the bulb is easy enough to attach, though applying more than reasonable hand pressure, can break them (mine did not come with any instruments to do it for me) so quickly learned the hard way.
Getting wised up on bulbs is recommended before buying any lamp as you will be amazed at how many varieties of different type bulb fittings there are and not all of them are easily accessible as was in the case of my Tiffany ones.
The aliens have landed:
When you think of strobe lighting for example, you are left stunned by their whirling novelty. There is nothing more exciting than owning a touch-sensitive lamp, that is like owning a share in Blackpool illuminations! - It's stimulating of good mood as well as provides entertainment to guests, who haven't ever come across this tossed out of space originality. You can adjust the brightness with the touch of a finger on the chrome base, so you can create a romantic dim affect; a summer's night warmth luminance or even a tropical day-light sunshine, the options are pretty remarkable for such a basic household utility.
It may as well have come from Mars with it's superior edge as an otherwise, very ordinary lamp! - There are no dials or switches to operate brightness volume, just the use of a little digit at the end of your hand. Of course, you will need to plug it into a socket in order that electricity powers it, and the cord is a few meters long, so isn't lengthy as a health and safety hazard like infinite computer leads. However, it is always a sensible idea to tuck the lead behind the place it is positioned, especially if you have small children who often mistake leads for friendly garter snakes!
The oil lamps of the sixties must have freaked some people who had lived in squats with no lighting at all, so we now live in such a privileged society full of luminescence, we want to bring a bit more of it into our homes, especially if is simultaneously unusual and low-energy. I also suffer from seasonal-effective disorder, so these touch-sensitive lamps are ideal as you can alter the contrast at different times of the year.
I love the fact that they are so modern and stylish, they never look out of place, even with off-the cuff décor and are discerning enough not to be imposing in any way at such a reasonable, midi-height. In the day-light, they are a dark purple shade, but appear burnt-ebony at night, that gives them a dual character, you easily begin to personalize them with all that they furnish your senses.
There's nothing more frustrating than having an exact idea of what you want, and not being able to find it. I bought these lamps recently after a ridiculously long search for bedside lamps in this season's purple - or "blackcurrant" according to Argos. I needed some bedside lamps to finish off my bedroom and had looked for lights everywhere I could think of on the High Street to no avail.
When I found these lamps online I was rather pleasantly surprised to find that they cost £14.99 for two, including the shades but not the bulbs (you will need two small screw in 40w max golf ball style bulbs).
The table lamps are touch sensitive and can be activated by touching anywhere on the base. They have three different levels of brightness, one touch turns them on, then you turn it brighter and brighter and a fourth touch turns the lamps off. For me, personally, I quite like touch lamps for bedside use, though some people may find them annoying as you have to tap them a few times to turn them on and off. The touch function works perfectly however, and doesn't require much force, and in my opinion it saves having to fumble around in the dark to find a switch. These lamps are the perfect size for a bedside table too - they are 35cm high with a 16cm diameter.
Though these aren't the most expensive of lamps, once I got them home after purchase I was pleasantly surprised by the standard of finish. Obviously whether you like the style of them will be down to personal taste, but I think they look quite contemporary, the base reminds me of a tear drop, and I really like the style of them. The lamps are described as "satin chrome finish" by Argos - I couldn't find any more information on the box they came in, but they feel as if they are coated porcelain and they are quite shiny. The finish hasn't tarnished or been damaged over time, and the base is heavy enough to avoid tipping over and also the base is finished with felt, which avoids my bedside tables getting scratched. The lampshade is pretty well made too, and was the exact shade I was looking for.
This lamp is available in a few other colours too, from cream, teal through to black. I think it must be quite a popular lamp as, at time of purchase, I found it quite hard to track one down, this item wasn't available to buy online and there was only one pair of lamps available in any of my local stores, so I had to reserve and collect them.
Overall I am delighted with these lamps which were exactly what I was looking for, and in my opinion look a lot more expensive than they actually are. Thus far they work well, it's great to be able to adjust the level of brightness too from dim enough not to provide too much of a brutal wake up, to quite bright.
I really like these lamps and am really pleased that I found them, they are a great purchase. I do not think that the picture on the website does these lamps justice, but they are currently on show in my local store and were also displayed in the store I bought them from. Highly recommended.
More details here: http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Product/partNumber/4327930/